To celebrate the recent bounty of vinyl records we’ve received at the Turnip Green Creative Reuse store, we’ve gathered a few facts about vinyl. Stop by the store to check out our impressive vinyl collection and pick up a few other cool crafty items as well. Then be sure to check out the TGCR Pinterest board for tons of great vinyl project ideas.
• Vinyl records contain polyvinyl chloride, which is not biodegradable. More than 7 billion pounds of PVC are thrown away in the U.S. annually.
• Most album manufacturing companies actually shred and re-use the ones that do not sell. Discounts are offered to artists that return their unsold 45′s for shredding and re-pressing a new 45 with new songs.
• Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, performed by the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski, was the first 12-inch recording released by RCA Victor in 1931.
• The groove in a vinyl record starts at the outer edge of the disc and ends towards the center of the disk. When a record is played, the sound can be different on the outer edge than the inner edge.
• Album sales have increased by 80 percent since 2008.
• Record sales were only around 0.3 million in 1993, but in 2013 more than 6 million records were purchased in the USA alone!